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Faith-Based Treatment Programs in Wyoming


There are several different treatment options available to Wyoming residents who have problems with addiction to substances or to damaging behavior, including faith-based treatment programs. Faith-based treatment programs in Wyoming are most often similar to conventional treatment programs. They will often offer the same therapy and counseling options, but do so with an added emphasis on spirituality. 



Faith-based treatment programs are not new. The 12-step program used by the Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous is a faith-based treatment program, in which attendees must concede that they are out of control, and must surrender themselves to a higher power. 


Another core component of the 12-step program is that attendees must do their utmost to make reparations to those people they have hurt or wronged due to their addiction. Moral and religious considerations are very important in the program. Addicts must undertake a moral evaluation of their behavior, and admit their shortcomings to a higher being and to others.


Other Types of Faith-Based Treatment Programs

As already alluded to, some faith-based treatment programs in Wyoming intertwine religious or spiritual concepts with what would normally be considered conventional, secular treatment. This is a key difference between them and the 12-step program.


The religious and spiritual aspects are complementary to the secular therapy, and attendees are not required to surrender themselves to a higher being. It is hoped that they will derive benefit from conventional therapeutic techniques, but they may seek additional help from their God.


In many such programs, the conventional therapy and the spiritual aspects of the program may be kept entirely separate. During therapy, trained addiction or behavioral specialists will conduct the counseling sessions exactly as they would in a secular treatment facility. However, most faith-based programs will allocate time for prayer and recollection outside of the therapy times.


Quite a lot of the faith-based programs were established to provide spiritual support for those addicts who have strong religious beliefs. Such addicts can suffer from even more problems than a non-spiritual addict, as they will often feel a tremendous level of guilt. Faith-based programs can help them deal with these issues.


Because Wyoming is a lightly populated state, the range of facilities available for alcohol and drug treatment will obviously be smaller, so there will be fewer choices in terms of choice in faith-based/Christian treatment programs.


Types of Therapy

Behavior plays a big part in how people respond to addiction. When addiction develops, it may be due in large part to flawed behavior, or an addict’s behavior may change to accommodate the addiction. 


Cognitive behavioral therapy is aimed at helping addicts analyze their addiction in depth. They try to identify all the triggers that set off their cravings, the thought processes they had before using, and many other factors. This process helps them to understand their motivations for using drugs or alcohol. The behavioral aspect of the therapy is all about getting them to think of better behavioral responses when the craving to use drugs or alcohol crops up.


Finding a Program

Your local church or religious meeting house is often a good place to start. Many faith-based treatment programs in Wyoming are targeted at specific denominations, and your local spiritual leader will most likely know of some that cater to your religious grouping. Other programs are non-denominational, and will accept Christians from any religion. These may be advertised in local media or online, or you may find details in other churches or religious meeting places.


Choosing a Program

The most successful therapies are tried and tested ones where therapy is important. It is best to select a program in which certified addiction treatment specialists are available to help addicts, and the spiritual aspects do not dominate the treatment.


To learn which course of therapy is right for you, contact an addiction specialist today.